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Victory CBC Smaragd Belgian Pale Ale

Victory CBC Smaragd Belgian Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed specially for the 2010 Craft Brewer’s Conference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Draft. Large of white head atop lightly hazed apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, nectarine, some leaf, cantaloupe, yeast. Taste is medium sweet, nectarine, some leaf/earthy, yeast. Light-medium body, light resin, low carbonation, fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2010
on tap-pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is yeast, clove/spice, some light malt. Taste is clove/pepper/spice, some light malt, yeast. Plenty of effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal and floral hops with some faint malty notes. The taste is earthy, citrus, floral and tropical hop notes. Bitter finish, and the bitterness lingers. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Draft at VBC. Pours slight hazy dark straw with 2f white head. Nose is Saazy hops, pale malt, lemongrassy citrus. Tastes pale malty, somewhat citric and dry, with hops, slight funk, slight spice. Well balanced, complex, and great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Poured a clear gold with a good, thin, but dense, rocky white head. Great lace. Candi sugar dominates the nose. Taste is candi sugar, some clove spiciness, doughy malt. Palate is bubbly, dry, a bit thin and watery. Sort of like Duvel with less presence. Overall boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger’s Victory event. Pours a clear golden orange. Caramel and soft toffee on the nose. Medium bodied with a little nuttiness. Old hops on the finish, tangy with some grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
Very hazy yellow-orange pour topped by a thick sticky white head. The nose is very fresh and spicy. A bit of light floral/lemony citrus. Soft noble/spicy hoppiness with lemon and grapefruit featured. Fruity hoppiness balanced by a fresh earthy/minerally bitterness. There is even a kiss of banana that is fairly unusual. The palate comes across a little bit watery. Earthy and fruity and fresh. Pretty damn solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6135) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
Lightly hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, grass, skunk, toffee, toast, and vanilla. Taste of citrus, vanilla, skunk, grass, pine, and a medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Draft. Pours a copper toned body with a white head and light lacing. Hoppy and sweet. Grass y, light pine, earth and herbal hop tones. A light sweetness, mint tone, and light fruit tones. Decent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Tap at BT> Pours a medium copper with an ok head. Aroma is also a touch buttery, but is relatively faint, some good grassy herbal hops like mt hood, and tradition- slight pine needle and mint, with light spicy and flowers some phenolic. Flavor is light phenolic, big grassy hop character, licorice and apple hints as well, ok pale malts, crackery light doughy, and a more peppery phenol tone in the end as it warms. Ok.

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